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Updated 15 July, 2014
Updated 15 July, 2014
49 Reviews

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  1.  

    Best time of your life

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    If you want to be doing what you are passionate about, do a PhD at Usyd. Top notch research in my opinion.

    Cons

    Supervisors can be a bit difficult to deal with. Choose well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Your Mileage May Vary

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    USyd is generally well-respected within Australia and certain overseas locales.
    One able and willing administrative staff member can probably solve whatever issues you have.
    If you have an opportunity and the means by which to enjoy it, Sydney is a fun city.

    Cons

    Your student experience and employability depends almost exclusively on your relationship with your supervisor.
    There are very few constructs in which supervisor-student conflicts can be resolved.
    Supervisors are not in any way obligated to financially support your research or presentation of your results.
    Unless you're a prolific publisher, your 3.5 year PhD will not make you competitive for international fellowships.
    There were more infrastructure problems here than I've ever seen elsewhere: prevalent power and internet failures, web proxy snafus, and the like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The APA-level stipend is laughably low; provide top-ups for accepted students. Do not allow faculty to take-on students they clearly cannot or will not support financially and intellectually. Allow students the opportunity to create a thesis committee, so that one faculty member's (often strong and loudly vocalised) opinion does not dominate the direction of research or disagreements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    beautiful campus, but often isolating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    Fairly good wages, depending on the department and supervisor you can work flexibly, Christmas shutdown

    Cons

    It is very isolating, no sense that you belong, at the moment there a lot of redundancies, so it feels quite competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sacking people for arbitrary reasons, there is no sense of trust or belonging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall excellent experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As A PhD student I found the university was equipped with latest technology,knowlegeable staff

    Cons

    sometimes you tend to face racism

  6.  

    A flexible and enjoyable learning environment

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to commune with; bright and knowledgeable staff; excellent facilities and continual expansion. As a physics PhD Student, I found that having all of the different research groups in close proximity meant that there was often interesting interdisciplinary research talks.

    Cons

    Sometimes I have the feeling that Sydney University rests on its laurels a bit due to its reputation; which can make them seem a little haughty. In my visits to other universities, I have found them to feel much more welcoming.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great opportunities if you can make it work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    Stimulating work, great levels of freedom.

    Cons

    Remuneration is less than in comparable industry positions, and with heavy-weight bureaucracy. Many junior positions are casual (as is the case in academia). The cumulative effect is that they lose good people, and hence commercialisation opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn from a "how can't we make this work" organisation into a "how can we make this work" organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Fairly good education received

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    students are pretty vibrant,
    most research stuff are pretty good in their own field and are responsible
    most lectures has been well prepared

    Cons

    has an easy attitude on selecting tutors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked there part time while I did my PhD. Good pay, and access to many top researchers in the world

    Cons

    In university, you need to pursue a research life. Otherwise, it is very hard to have an improve in career.

  10.  

    Much like other universities

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    Solid university with a good reputation

    Cons

    If you're not in one of their traditional areas of focus (e.g. law) you may find that the services and support is a bit rubbish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a tendency to centralise decision making and then ignore staff and students

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Fun well-paying casual jobs for students

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    Former Employee - Student Ambassador  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    - great casual pay rates
    - fun and interesting co-workers
    - opportunities for full-time positions
    - great experience for a CV

    Cons

    - work can be repetitive (eg logistics prep for but that should be apparent from the job description and interview process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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